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republicans are making it clear they see that as a liberal agenda. speaker john boehner, other house republican leaders are about to hold a news conference. you're looking at live pictures from up there. our chief national correspondent john king is here. are the gloves off? >> you can certainly say yes or you might even say that the gloves are still on in the sense that republicans are looking to see what signals the president would send as he begins the second term. if you ask john boehner or mitch mcconnell, they believe the size of government, debt and deficit is is the biggest issues. and if you listen to the speech yesterday, he made only passing references to that. talk of immigration reform, many republicans including the speaker want to work with the president on that but if he talks a lot publicly, it puts pressure on the conservative base which any legal status is amnesty. the president also talking about gun control and gun rights, just talked to tom fuentes, it stretches the political coalition. the things that the president highlighted and spend more time on his inaugur
area have been waiting for this money. speaker boehner has said it will make it the priority in the next congress. what is the likelihood that it's going to pass? >> reporter: it's very likely that the full $51 billion left on the table will pass by the end of the day, pass the house and go to the president's desk. they have passed 17 of it and the rest will likely come later. there is a but. this is not happening without a pretty significant protest vote that happened a short while ago. a republican amendment that would have offset the spending, $17 billion of the spending with across the board spending cuts. these are pretty steep cuts. if you talk about 17 billion, that's almost the entire agriculture department alone in a year. it really is significant in telling, in the feeling among republicans and it really does illustrate why we are going to have the big fights over the next couple of months to raise the debt ceiling and two-thirds of the republican caucuses voted for this. they want to send a message that they really, really needed it, that they want to cut spending
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